The Cooperative Monitoring, Evaluation, and Research (CMER) Committee is a monitoring, evaluation, and research program established by the Forest Practices Board to ensure effective implementation of the recommendations contained in the Forests and Fish Report.
CMER holds regular monthly meetings attended by CMER members, its Scientific Advisory Group's co-chairs, and other interested parties. Meetings are generally held on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the DNR Compound - Washington State Light Industrial Park, 801 88th Avenue, Tumwater, Washington. Occasionally, the meeting date or location is moved to accommodate holidays or meeting-room conflicts. Contact the Forest Practices Division or call 360-902-1400 to confirm meeting dates and locations.
(view agendas and minutes)
CMER is composed of scientific representatives of Timber, Fish, and Wildlife participating caucuses who are expected to maintain an objective scientific perspective. Participating representatives may be Forest Practices Board-approved members but participation is not limited to board-approved members. To become a board-approved member, a Timber, Fish, and Wildlife participating caucus nominates a representative by calling 360-902-1400 or contacting the Forest Practices Board’s Rules Coordinator. (view committee membership - 18KB PDF)
Committee membership terms are open-ended.
(view member terms - 18KB PDF)
CMER operates on the basis of consensus of all parties. If consensus cannot be reached, decisions are made by the Forest Practices Board-approved members of CMER. Because CMER is charged with producing credible, peer-reviewed technical reports based on best available science and guided by the monitoring design team report, participating caucuses are encouraged to nominate research scientists with publication experience and technical scientists with experience in conducting and reviewing research.